A Positively Messy Garden
The Moosey team (that's me, by the way, at the moment in sole charge of weeding, watering and webbing) has been asked to contribute some photographs to a Canadian production. I love the Moosey garden images to be recycled, so naturally I've said yes.
A Positively Messy Garden?
There's to be a documentary about - wait for it - the positive value of a certain amount of messiness. Apparently there are many suitable images of messy gardens on the Moosey website. What's more, they've been identified as 'positive messes'.
Giggling out loud I started a search through the journal pages looking for messy photographs. Problem number one - I couldn't find any. Naturally, though I claim with great pride to be a free-spirited, random, indiscriminate gardener, I restrain myself from publishing too many photographs of mess and 'indiscriminate plantings'. I'm artistic, not messy!
Artistic - Not Messy!
I might be writing about piles of rubbish and random weed colonies, but my image choices show the garden at its sparkling best. Series after series of clear coloured rosy close-ups, mid-shots of shrubs brimming with youthful beauty, and scenic landscapes when the grass has been mown and all the border edges have been sharply trimmed... I am misrepresenting the real garden out there!
No Messy Photographs Allowed!
So I looked in my archives for a set of 'messy' photographs to send. Oh dear! Never underestimate the vanity of an older-lady gardener. I started to feel more and more peeved. Messy? Humph! I work so hard in my garden clearing up mess. How dare these strangers describe my garden as messy? Their documentary request was mildly insulting.
Textural - Not Messy!
What a silly! I should be delighted at being chosen to represent good randomness and positive messiness. But, if there's a mess out there somewhere, then I should be prepared to photograph and publish. A real garden visitor who has been feasting on my sanitised, carefully cropped pictures would be very disappointed.
Long straight rows of standard Iceberg roses edged with box plants? Same-size pencil thin conifers, distance in-between exactly measured? Bedding plants, colour coded? No way! I will continue to celebrate randomness. Being identified as a gardener with a positively messy garden is a compliment. I'm giggling again!